Javed Majeed’s first degree was in English Language and Literature at Magdalen College, Oxford (First Class). After his D. Phil, also at Magdalen, he took up research fellowships at the Centre of South Asian Studies and Churchill College, Cambridge. From 1992 to 1999 he taught Comparative Literature and Urdu at SOAS, University of London. Since 1999 he has taught in the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London, where he is currently Professor of Postcolonial Studies.
His first book, Ungoverned Imaginings. James Mill’s the History of British India and Orientalism (Clarendon Press, 1992), addressed the interactions between aesthetics, politics and culture in British attitudes to India with particular reference to the work of Sir William Jones, Robert Southey, Thomas Moore and James Mill. His second book, Autobiography, Travel and Postnational Identity. Nehru, Gandhi and Iqbal (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), focused on the relationships between notions of selfhood, travel and politics in South Asian nationalisms and especially in nationalist autobiographical narratives. His most recent book, Muhammad Iqbal: Islam, Aesthetics and Postcolonialism (Routledge, 2008), addressed the role of aesthetics in one version of postcolonial Islam. He is working on the cultural politics of lexicography in nineteenth century India and is currently writing a book on the Linguistic Survey of India, 1894-1928.
Javed Majeed is on the editorial board of Modern Intellectual History and History Compass , and is one of the three editors of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Intellectual and Cultural History series, published from New York. He was awarded a British Academy Research Leave Fellowship for 2006-08.